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The Book of Two Ways: A Novel (edição 2020)

por Jodi Picoult (Autor)

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Membro:Nightwing
Título:The Book of Two Ways: A Novel
Autores:Jodi Picoult (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2020), 432 pages
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The Book of Two Ways por Jodi Picoult

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I was really excited to get this book – not only is Jody Picoult a well-known, #1 New York Times bestselling author, but there’s nothing I like more than a book where I can learn something. I love novels such as Barbara Quick’s Vivaldi’s Virgins where I learned about opera, Tracy Chevalier’s The Girl with the Pearl Earring that taught me about art, and especially Robert Harris’s Pompeii, which taught me about, well, the lava-buried civilization of Pompeii. So, I was super enthused to dive in and learn more about the ancient land of Egypt. Also, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this book!

Unfortunately, this book did not live up the hype. While Picoult undoubtedly did her research, this tale comes off more as a vanity pet-project for which she shoe-horned together a story. The novel contains an immense amount of narrative background around Egyptology, archaeology, and scientific theory. Normally, learning new things would be right up my alley. However, these portions of the novel are thick, dry, and plodding. They feel more like lecture at a huge university auditorium, rather than our main character sharing her love, passion, and experience so that we see things through her eyes.

Even though discouraged by this tough-going text, I continued to forge ahead, as I was still enthused about learning more about Egypt through the fun of fiction. Yet, I found I could only make it to page 96 before my discouragement was finally done in by about the third forced-in social issue that had nothing to do with the plot line.

All that said, I do still think this could be a fascinating tale about the choices we make in life and how they define us, if you can stick with it. Excluding the history lessons, the novel is very well-written with likable characters and excellent conversational quality. I’ll leave you with this thought-provoking character quote from the novel: “There’s really no such thing as a right or wrong choice. We don’t make decisions. Our decisions make us.”

The Book of Two Ways is available now, released September 22nd by Ballantine Books. Please consider buying from https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder, the online book seller that contributes 75% of the profit margin to support independent bookstores. (Note: Desiree does receive a small commission should you purchase through this link, however she shares this out of her enduring love for corner bookstores everywhere, rather than for any monetary gain.) ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
I'm afraid I need to go back and reread sections….was the first description of a plane crash all in her mind??? And the end was just a tiny bit frustrating….what are we supposed to assume that she decided to do with her two paths?? I really needed an epilogue of some sort. I LIKED the book but it was a struggle to get through all of the Egyptian analyses and then to maybe wonder how much all of that mattered???? I am totally in awe of the amount of research Picoult managed to do and understand and explain in this story but it did get a little exhausting to read. I thoroughly appreciated her entire experiences as a death doula. That entire section of the book was worth reading the whole book. ( )
  nyiper | May 18, 2021 |
DNF. All the heavy Egyptian history is interesting at first, but it made it hard to slog through to the actual story. I attempted to skim through it to get to the other chapters, but the beginning honestly ruined the rest of the book for me. I applaud Jodie Picoult for doing something different than her usual narrative, and I was a little guilty to have to contribute to the numerous other reviews that feel as I do. I guess I’m just not in the right mindset for this book right now. Perhaps I’ll try again someday ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 5, 2021 |
Didn't love it. I don't love Egyptian history. ( )
  KoestK | Mar 20, 2021 |
I love Jodi Picoult's books and I did like the premise of this book.

This is a story about visiting one's past and regrets and at the same time wondering how life might have turned out if different life choices had been made. Dawn's journey to confront some of the questions about her past while dealing with her present was interesting to read. Also, her job as a death doula was kind of inspiring and made me wonder how emotionally strong she must be to actually be able to do that. This book deals with a lot of Egyptology, which unfortunately I have no idea of and was a kind of struggle for me to read as well as to understand.

I have a huge admiration for the amount of research that the author has made to actually write this book. It was extremely well written but I could not enjoy the book as much as I would have liked to because it is not my area of interest. Hopefully, some day later on in life when I do get interested in some of the topics covered in this book, I will be able to re-read it and truly appreciate it to the fullest.

Thank You to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this ARC! ( )
  Vanessa_Menezes | Mar 17, 2021 |
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